Building a Better

A Long Tradition of Making Greater Portland Great

The Junior League of Portland, ME works to affect change and improve the community through developing effective volunteer leadership. For over 90 years we have worked toward our mission to develop the potential of women while affecting change and improving the community, through the promotion of effective volunteer leadership.

Doing well by doing good 
Alaina Marie, noted local designer of handmade clutches inspired by a lobsterman’s bait bag, launched new gingham print bait bags as part of her Spring 2016 collection. Ten percent of proceeds benefit the Junior League of Portland, ME.
These limited edition clutches and wallets are available for purchase through May 31st online or at the Alaina Marie store at 332 Fore Street in Portland.

Highlights from Our 93 Years of History Read More


    On September 9, twelve charter members met to organize the Junior League of Portland, ME. Since its inception in 1922, the Junior League has been instrumental in transforming greater Portland.

    The Junior League of Portland, ME founded the Children’s Theatre of Maine in 1924 and the Children's Museum in 1976, which together provide a broad and diverse array of educational and cultural enrichment opportunities for children and their families.

    In 1998, the Junior League co-founded the Kids First Center to give children a neutral place where they can freely express their feelings about the separation or divorce of their parents and better understand the changes in their families.

    In 2010, the Junior League of Portland, ME, along with the Good Shepherd Food Bank, brought the BackPack Program to Greater Portland to provide food insecure children with easy-to-prepare meals during weekends and school vacation.

    The Junior League of Portland, ME has raised funds to support many community organizations over the decades, including the Portland Museum of Art, Maine Audubon Society, the Center for Grieving Children, and Preble Street Resource Center.

Our Mission and Purpose

Developing Potential

To our members, we provide opportunities for personal growth and long-term success in an environment which respects differences and individual needs

Promoting Voluntarism

To our community, we are a neighbor who is responsive, dedicated, charitable, and accountable with a record of success.

Community Partnerships

To our collaborators, we are a colleague who fosters relationships which are mutually beneficial and based on expertise, respect, honesty, and trust.

Find Out How You Can Help

We couldn't do all that we do without the help of the generous community of greater Portland. There are many ways in which you can get involved and be a part of our work. Find out how you can support us and our community.


Your support enables us to provide critical funding and trained volunteer service hours for lasting, impactful change. Donate Today

Become a Sponsor

We recognize that to maintain the long-term growth of our organization and the constituencies we serve, it is essential to support a sound financial strategy. When you invest in the Junior League of Portland, we are able to expand your giving dollars by putting trained volunteers in areas of need to strengthen the communities we live in. Find out how.